UnityPoint to introduce Robotic Surgical Assistant

New technology will guide surgeons during hip and knee replacements

UnityPoint Clinic Orthopedics will host a provider meet and greet from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate the arrival of the new Robotic Surgical Assistant, known as ROSA, which is used for hip and knee replacements.

ROSA is designed to help surgeons tailor the placement of hip or knee implants specifically for each patient.

UnityPoint Clinic Orthopedics — Fort Dodge surgeons Dr. Prashanth Anand and Dr. Elijah Miller — have both received specialized training to use the robotic technology.

“ROSA robotics aids surgeons in making high precision bone cuts in hip and knee replacement surgery,” said Anand. “We can achieve accurate limb alignment and soft tissue balance, which in turn improves long-term outcomes and patient satisfaction.”

ROSA collects data before and during surgery related to the patient’s unique anatomy. This data informs the surgeon what may affect the implant fit.

By using this data to make more informed decisions, the surgeon can plan for and carry out a personalized surgery based upon the patient’s individual needs.

“For everyone involved — surgeons, medical staff and, most importantly, patients — ROSA robotic technology has the potential to offer a number of key benefits and advantages,” said Leah Glasgo, CEO and president of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge. “We are proud to offer the newest medical technology and state of the art orthopedic care in a DNV Certified Hip and Knee Replacement Center. Our patients don’t have to travel for their care. They can receive excellence in care right here at home in Fort Dodge.”

Trinity Regional Medical Center was recognized as the first hospital in Iowa to receive the DNV Hip and Knee Replacement Program Certification, which validates the hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education, and outcomes.

The certification is based on standards and guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

ROSA will be available for viewing at the meet and greet, along with the orthopedic care team and physical therapy team being present, so the community can learn more about the services they offer.

“I would encourage anyone that may need orthopedic care to stop by if they can,” said Miller. “It is a great opportunity to meet your potential care team and learn more about orthopedic services right here in Fort Dodge.”

Use the main entrance when arriving at the hospital and a team member will show you to the meet and greet.


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